Category Archives: Wood products

Forest inventory-foundation for community resiliency

The importance of a forest inventory in moving toward community resiliency is discussed in  Forest inventory-foundation for community resiliency It is in the best interests of BC forest dependent communities to insist upon having a robust and detailed forest inventory of Crown land to meet their resiliency needs. If communities are to move toward resiliency, they cannot afford to make decisions based on poor data and information.  

Increasing value-added from BC trees

A transitioning to more value-added wood products is required for the BC forest sector to contribute to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous 21st Century community resiliency and capitalize on the full value of the BC forest asset.  The components to move forward are outlined in Increasing V-A products from BC trees.

BC Forest Renewal Vision Framework-Update

BC Government is proposing actions to renew the forest sector.  A BC forest renewal vision framework-Nov update provides a recommended framework for the 21st Century, including recommended actions.  It includes maintaining the positive components of the current forest sector and adding those to reflect the issues and challenges expected in the next Century.

Challenges in moving to new wood manufacturing sector

Moving to a new BC wood manufacturing sector will not be quick or easy!  As outlined in Building a diversified mfg sector-challenges_1, there are challenges to overcome in this transition.  It will be a journey, not an event requiring:

  • Politicians thinking strategically beyond a one-term election period or political ideology,
  • Politicians adopting a business environment that addresses the needs of investors, profitability of companies and acknowledging current and future markets,
  • Companies committing support for a secondary wood manufacturing sector, and
  • Communities being realistic and supporting local investments in secondary wood manufacturing. 

New wood manufacturing sector

Government’s Forest Sector Revitalization initiative has generated a great deal of consultation, uncertainty and stress within the industry, investors, suppliers, communities and Government itself. It is fragmented without a vision for the wood manufacturing sector.  Government has taken the approach “we are in a transition from the current forest sector to a new forest sector and it will take time to evolve.”  The lack of a vision and counting on broad consultations to provide the leadership is problematic.  Bill Bourgeois provides his comments and suggested actions to achieve a sustainable wood manufacturing sector that contributes toward achieving community resiliency in a New manufacturing sector-Action plan

Innovative building design

Spearhead  http://www.spearhead.ca/company has created an amazing wood structure  in the Kootenays  http://archinect.com/features/article/150015839/after-being-destroyed-in-a-fire-canadian-firm-patkau-architects-rebuilds-the-temple-of-light We need more of this!  The creation of clusters and encouraging innovative value-added manufacturing requires Government leadership, especially in the form of reducing barriers Building through clusters (1).